In his own words, King Kohli had no idea how he engineered India’s epic victory over arch-rival Pakistan in their blockbuster. T20 World Cup face to face.
When all seemed lost at 31 for four in a fierce chase from 160 to the gargantuan Melbourne Cricket GroundKohli thought otherwise and steered India to a remarkable four-wicket victory with a shot that will go down as one of the best in tournament history.
He found a capable ally in all-round star Hardik Pandya, who contributed an invaluable 40 in a 113-run fifth-wicket stand. Unsurprisingly, the 82 step on 53 balls was ranked as his best shot.
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— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1666530569000
“Well, it’s a surreal atmosphere. Honestly, I have no words. I have no idea how it happened,” Kohli said after his incredible shot in the tournament’s opener at team big prize.
The run-machine added “Hardik kept telling me, just believe we can stay till the end. I’m at a loss for words.”
Kohli hit six fours and four sixes during his time in the middle, effortlessly getting maximum deliveries over 150-155 mph.
When asked when did he decide to switch gears, Kohli replied: “Well, I think when Shaheen (Afridi) played on the clubhouse side, I told Hardik that we had to do it. to fall.
“The math was simple. Nawaz had one to play so if I could beat Haris they would freak out. He’s down to 16 out of 6. I’m a bit at a loss for words.”
When asked about his two sixes Haris Raoufwho pegged India with his double shots early on, Kohli said: “It was just instinctively that I saw it, I told myself to hold still. The one in a long time was unexpected, it was a ball more slow on the back one length. Thin leg, I just threw my bat at it.”
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— BCCI (@BCCI) 1666530227000
Next, he was talking about his best T20 shots.
“Until today I said Mohali was my best T20 round. Then I got 82 out of 52, today I got 82 out of 53. Both are equally special. Today Today, I’ll be counting this one higher because of the magnitude of the occasion and the situation we were in.”
“All these months of struggling, you guys (the crowd) kept me going. Thank you so much.”
Captain Rohit Sharma, who was dismissed early alongside KL Rahul, couldn’t praise his predecessor enough.
For his superb winning shot, @imVkohli wins the player of the match award. 👏 👏Scorecard ▶️… https://t.co/qFPLCXadJg
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1666527347000
“Hats off to Virat. It’s not one of his best rounds, but the best he’s played for India,” Rohit said.
“I’m out of a voice. We’ve always wanted to make sure we stay in the game for as long as possible. We’ve talked about it constantly. Whatever the situation, you have to believe that you can pull it off, and this partnership was a game changer for us.
“There was good reach, good swing too, and we used that well up front. It was good to see from a bowling perspective. They hit well in the middle. We knew it wouldn’t be not an easy target on this ground.”
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— ICC (@ICC) 1666526720000
Despite the situation, the skipper had complete confidence in Kohli and Hardik. The required pace kept increasing even as the duo of Kohli and Hardik sought to revive India after the horror began.
But, in the end, India emerged victorious thanks to Kohli’s incredible strike.
“We knew we had to get out of our skin. Virat and Hardik are experienced guys. Staying calm and going as far as possible was key, and they did.
“It’s good for our confidence to be out of place in our first game, and the way we won is nicer for us, the way we came back. Thank you to everyone who came and helped us. supported, and I would expect nothing less wherever we travel in Australia.”
Pakistani skipper Babar Azam paid tribute where it was due, having put India on the mat at one stage.
“Our bowlers played very well. All credit to Kohli and Pandya. It wasn’t easy with the new ball. We had partnerships after 10 overs. We had a chance. We tried to stick to our plans. But credit to Virat Kohli.
“In the middle we decided we wanted a wicket and took the spinner. We had a lot of positives. The way Iftikhar played and the way Shan played,” Babar said.